Opinions

People will do anything to save their souls. Do same for the planet

Humankind has been concerned about the future of the earth from the time we inhabited it. But the danger that the earth could come to an end or become so changed that it would not support human life was always a very distant thought. Even the apocalypse predicted in religious teaching was never...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 12:43am

The case for economic literacy

In 2016, just before the UK’s Brexit referendum, on live TV, Professor Anand Menon of King’s College London was explaining to an audience in Newcastle that, in the view of most economists, leaving the EU would be bad for their economic health. He noted that GDP was likely to fall....

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 12:16am

Nourishing cities with nature

BOSTON – Ever since the ancient Greek poet Theocritus wrote his pastoral idylls romanticizing rural life, people have been pondering how to build cities that are in concert with their natural surroundings. But with rates of urbanization growing exponentially around the world , the need for...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 12:05am

Editorial: Intra-party democracy vital for good governance

Another electoral cycle is upon us. Rwandans head back to the polls to pick their representatives in the Lower House come September. A total of 53 seats will be up for grabs through universal suffrage, while another 27 will be filled with representatives of special interest groups, namely women (24...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:01am

Remove all taxes on sanitary pads and give our girls a fighting chance

“It would be amazing; it would be great. The problem is how do you determine who can afford and who cannot afford”? These words, spoken by Alain Munyaburanga, the head teacher of Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology, were reported last week in a news story titled ‘...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 9:19am

Court of Appeal and new measures on corruption

The Court of Appeal has finally come into being. It has long been awaited. The discourse about the Court has now turned into a reality. It is one of the most welcoming legislative achievements in recent years. The Organic law nº002/2018.ol of 04/04/2018 establishing the Court of Appeal, in...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:55am

Listening to Africa’s future farmers

NAIROBI – Africa is in the midst of a youth employment crisis. By 2035, some 350 million new jobs will be needed, and agriculture, the continent’s biggest industry, could provide the bulk of them. But at the moment, young Africans are shunning life on the farm for work in the city. If...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:42am

Demystifying climate change

Climate change has always struck me as a western problem. I was convinced that it would be a long while before it would catch up to this other part of the world. However, it has become hard to ignore the consistent changes in weather patterns and the adverse effects this has had on sectors...

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 1:30pm

Here is something young people need to hear more often

One of the least articulated aspects of the deal between Arsenal FC and Rwanda Development Board is the bit where Rwanda is to host training clinics where coaches from Arsenal will pass on some technical skills to the young players and officials in Rwanda. A lot of airtime has gone into what...

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 12:38am

Editorial: UN Security Council needs to rein in a system continuously going rogue

International criminal justice was in the spotlight this past week. The residual Mechanism of International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), that took over from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTY) was taken to task by Rwanda’s Permanent Representative at the UN. Judge...

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 12:30am

Universal basic income experiments in high gear as post-work future beckons

It isfairly certain that the projected taking over of most jobs in the not too distant future by new technologies, like artificial intelligence, will occur. Gitura Mwaura It probably is, therefore, not merely just a matter of time before the post-work scenario, whose viability and moral...

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 12:53am

Editorial: Public service needs dedicated and not absentee office bearers

Fatehas caught up with the Executive Secretary of Ntarama Sector in Bugesera District and it could not have come at a worst time Five couples were supposed to get married by the official but she was nowhere to be seen. The couple and their families had to wait for more than three hours before the...

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 12:45am

The Italian economy’s moment of truth

MILAN – Italy and Europe are at an inflection point. After an election in March in which the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League party captured a combined parliamentary majority, followed by months of uncertainty, Italy has become the first major EU member...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 9:00pm

The garment industry’s technology challenge

COLOMBO – For many years, discussion of the global garment industry has been dominated by the following question: Where were your clothes made, and by whom? But today, there is a more relevant question: How were your clothes made, and by what? Heshika Deegahawathura   What you...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:49pm

Overlooked real estate opportunities

The real estate industry in Rwanda is constantly evolving. A mere three years ago there were few apartments and townhouses throughout the city. Now, there is a large number of these kinds of housing. The days of the big houses being the in-thing are behind us. The idea of building a 6- or 7-...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10:40am

Can Rwanda push for a truly functional AfCFTA?

Rwandansmay decry the imperfections of service delivery today but they should never forget where they are coming from. Only about two decades ago, there was no service of any kind to talk about. I remember going to the only shop that sold good shoes, bearing the odd Kinyarwanda name of what...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:23am

Editorial: New forensic laboratory comes at the right time

At last,the long-awaited National Forensic Laboratory was inaugurated yesterday. It has been in the pipeline for as far as one can remember, but it kept being put off due to some unforeseen circumstances. The previous police laboratory performed rudimentary analysis such as fingerprints and...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:18am

Can smart cities be equitable?

WASHINGTON, DC/SAN FRANCISCO –Around the world, governments are making cities “smarter” by using data and digital technology to build more efficient and livable urban environments. This makes sense: with urban populations growing and infrastructure under strain, smart cities will...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 9:42pm

Environment as a pillar of economic development

The ‘World Environment Day’ was celebrated Tuesday with a clarion call to beat the plastic pollution. The environment day is one of the most important days on the United Nations calendar for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:19am

Africa’s future will depend on innovation, not empty words

At the ongoing Africa Innovation Summit taking place in Kigali, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente announced that a National Research and Innovation Fund would be launched next week. This comes against a backdrop of African countries waking up to the need to keep up with the developed world by...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:53pm